Trees and their Textures

by Mike Dickinson March. 03, 2021 121 views

I have a Photographer friend whose main subjects, if not his only subjects, are TREES! In botanical terms he would be a 'Dendrophile'. The study of which is 'Dendrology', also called forest dendrology or xylology. Now, for some, Trees may seem a fairly uninteresting subject but give them more thought and you'll soon see why they are so popular amongst photographers. And never forget, all life on earth is completely dependant on the work that trees perform, in filtering the Carbon we humans produce and feeding our planet with the most necessary Oxygen.

Like all plant life, Trees change their appearance through each unfolding season. In the Winter, when they are stripped back to the bark, you can see more of their details and location. I especially love to see the wood textures when they are uncluttered by the growth that will appear later on. As Spring approaches, as it is now as I write this, you can just see the faint beginnings of new life in the green buds, that will produce the flowers and the leaves. You can almost feel the buzz when on sunny days the birdsong increases, almost urging Spring to hurry up. With Summer's arrival the Trees are all dressed up, ready to impress us with their variety of hues. Just as there are no two snow-flakes alike, I would hazard a guess that there are no two leaves alike. This is the exciting time when birds and wildlife take advantage of the Tree's camouflage, as they create their own habitats amongst the branches. Autumn is probably every Tree photographer's favourite season. The vivid reds and oranges of the autumn leaves, often leaves our senses overwhelmed with such beauty. The trees, having done their stint for the summer, bow out their annual season with such splendour they can compete with many a colourful sunset.

I have seen many a club competition won by a single tree in a desolate landscape. An avenue of trees down each side of a winding road, arching across to each reach other and meeting mid-air, is rarely a site any photographer would ignore. So, I hope I can encourage you to take a closer look at trees and the magnificent contribution they make to our towns, our countryside and our lives. Further information about Trees can be found on the Woodland Trust website here: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-and-wildlife/british-trees/tree-id-app/. You can also find a link here to a Mobile Phone App that helps you identify Trees.

Possibly a Hawthorn Tree with great textures.

Possibly a Hawthorn Tree with great textures.

A textured Hawthorn Tree by the river with strong roots.

A textured Hawthorn Tree by the river with strong roots.

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Bob Chappell 2 months, 1 week ago

Great set of images Mike

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Mike Dickinson Replied to Bob Chappell 2 months, 1 week ago

Thank you, Bob. Much appreciated.

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Michelle Thompson 2 months, 1 week ago

Absolutely stunning images Mike. I really love your narration of these truly beautiful Trees and all wonderful Trees that we really cannot live without on earth 😊

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Mike Dickinson Replied to Michelle Thompson 2 months, 1 week ago

Thank you for your kind comments, Michelle. They are so appreciated. I have been known to hug a tree! When no-one was looking of course!

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